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Competition heats up on Day 3 of Gromsearch

Rip Curl GromSearch, Rip Curl, Rip Curl Gromsearch presented by POSCA, Groms, Contests, Wahine
Xavier Huxtable © Surfing NSW / Hollman



Rip Curl GromSearch

Surfing New South Wales
Wanda Beach, Cronulla 
2 - 5 October, 2014 

Day 3 of the Rip Curl Gromsearch presented by Posca 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 October, 2014 - Cronulla: Competition intensified today for day three of the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Posca as the swell jacked up to a solid four-to-five foot. Grommets tore into the solid Wanda peaks as they attempted to cement their position into the all-important final day of competition, which will kick off tomorrow.

Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, Vic) fired a warning shot at his fellow Under-12 competitors, posting a perfect ten-point ride as well as an 8.83 scoring wave. The Victorian powerhouse linked together a chain of four massive snaps that got the judges and spectators clapping in approval.
“It’s always fun travelling up from Victoria for the Rip Curl Gromsearch events,” said Huxtable. “The waves were solid today, but I knew I had to get out the back and try and find one decent wave. I knew what the judges wanted and I just tried to find the right wave. I got one that had a nice wall and then I was lucky enough that another section popped up and I got another hit in”.
Xavier’s brother Ethan Huxtable (Jan Juc, Vic) also got his campaign off to a flying start, locking in a 13.16 heat total (out of a possible 20 points). Other heat winners included Cole Fox (Jan Juc, Vic), Olly Bolton (Copacabana, NSW), Beau Buckpitt (Culburra, NSW), George Pittar (Manly, NSW), Finn Hill (Avoca, NSW) and Lennox Chell (Avoca, NSW).
Kirra-Belle Olsson (Copacabana, NSW) was the standout performer in the Under-14 Girls, locking in a 16.67 heat total. The Central Coast goofy-footer threw down two massive hooks on one sizey wave and was duly rewarded by the judges. Other Under-14 Girls winners included Sienna Coulter (Balgowlah, NSW), Madison Poole (New Lambton, NSW) and Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW).
Kai Warner (Narrabeen, NSW), Samson Coulter (Balgowlah, NSW), Max Mcguigan (Chifley, NSW) and Dextar Muskens (Tweed Heads, NSW) all surfed a tight heat in the Under-16 Boys with all surfers trading off a series of respectable scores.

However, thanks to some last minute heroics from Kai Warner - which included a variety of massive turns - the lead changed hands and he was able to get the nod in the heat ahead of Mcguigan, Coulter and Muskens who finished in second, third and fourth respectively.
Other Under-16 Boys winners included Reef Heazlewood (Moffatt Beach, Qld), Zane Clifford (Boat Harbour, NSW), Nathan Martin (Cronulla, NSW), Darcy Crump (Avalon, NSW) and Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW). The Posca Wave of the Day was awarded to Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc) for his aforementioned 10.00 wave score in the Under-12 Boys division.
Tomorrow’s event is expected to kick off at 7.30am. All competitors are advised to ring the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order. For further enquiries on the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Posca please contact Surfing NSW on (02) 9349 7055 or
Working in conjunction with Surfing Australia, the Rip Curl GromSearch includes boys’ and girls’ divisions in 16 and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under. The series includes a National Ratings system, which will be used to qualify surfers for the National Final at North Narrabeen.
The main event location is North Cronulla Beach with Wanda Beach, Elouera Beach, South Cronulla Beach and Sandshoes all back up options during the event.
Current ASP World Tour surfers who have competed in the Rip Curl GromSearch finals include: Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Kolohe Andino (USA), Felipe Toledo (Brazil), Owen Wright (Australia), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Matt Wilkinson (Australia), Tyler Wright (Australia),  Stephanie Gilmore (Australia). Malia Manuel (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia), Laura Enever (Australia) and Alana Blanchard (Hawaii).
The 2014 Rip Curl GromSearch series is presented by POSCA (Mitsubishi Pencil Australia), with managing partner Surfing Australia and associate partners FireWire surfboards, Shapers Fins and ASL magazine.


EVENT 1 - Jan Juc, VIC - September 20-22, 2014 

EVENT 2 - Cronulla, NSW - October 2-5, 2014

EVENT 3 - Trigg Point, WA - October 10-12, 2014

EVENT 4 - Yorkes Peninsula, SA - November 15-16, 2014

EVENT 5 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - December 15 -19, 2014

NATIONAL FINAL - North Narrabeen, NSW - January 12 -14, 2015

Ethan Smith

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